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Our Lady of Victory Visit

March 17, 2017
The Shambots celebrated St.Patrick’s Day by doing community outreach. The team visited Our Lady of Victory in Northville, an elementary school. We showed the kids both Vex and the FRC robot. It was so much fun to show our progress and see the excitement on their faces. They were so shocked when they saw our robot shooting baskets in basketball hoops. Vex allowed the children to drive their robots and move the game materials: cubes and stars! There were also programming stations that showed the students the programming language our teams use. We cannot wait to visit more elementary schools and interested students and spread the message of FIRST!

Henry Ford Museum Field Trip

This Monday, February 20, the Business Team and the majority of the girls from St.Catherine’s went to Henry Ford Museum in order to start brainstorming ideas for filming the Chairman’s Award Video. The museum had a lot of cool Steampunk objects, which we plan on using to make the video as unique as possible. This Friday, February 24, the rest of the team is going to go to the museum to film their parts of the video. It’s going to turn out great!

Week 6 Build Season Update

Week 6 Season Update

Time’s a Ticking! Programming team is working on autonomous program for the robot. This type of program allows the robot to move without a human touching the controls: how cool is that?! Our business team finished the Entrepreneurship Award and contacted K-8 schools and high school teams to tour their robotics workshop. They also brainstormed ideas for the Chairman’s Award Video. Our Safety Captain made a Safety Quiz for the team to take and worked on the Safety Award. Mechanical panicked, panicked a little more, prototyped the shooter, worked on the intake, finished the winch, and finalized the chassis perimeter. Electrical wired stuff, plugged stuff in, worked on battery storage, and covered exposed battery materials.

We have one week left, we can do it!

Week 4 Update Build Season

How are we 2/3 through build season?! This week the programming team reviewed computer code, created a navigation subsystem and worked on robot commands for the competitions. The Electrical Team wire. The business team completed the Chairman’s Award, interviewed an alumni for the FedEx Challenge and started planning more open houses, team fundraisers, and ideas on how to reach out to other schools.

Week 3 Build Season

 

The end of this week marks 22 completed days of build season; that’s halfway! The Programming Team got their drive train working and continued to program the robot. Mechanical worked on the gear catcher, prototyped the intake, and worked on the drive train as well. Electrical Team put  connectors on all the motor controls and motors; the sub team also ordered parts. Business Team continued to work on applications for the Chairman’s Award and Entrepreneurship Award, as well as made invitations to our Sponsor and Parent Open Houses. Yay!!

CC Shambots Robotics Workshop Wish List

The CC Shambots have a fabulous new Robotics Workshop located right in Detroit Catholic Central High School. The workshop is 1600 square feet and accommodates the Vex robotics team two days a week and the FIRST robotics team four days a week. The room is being used six days a week for three hours each day. More than 50 students build robots in the workshop and also do things such as brainstorm robot design, wire electronics, program computers in one of two robot programming languages, create business plans, plan team events and outreach activities, give tours to alumni, work with adult mentors from the business community and learn about safe workshop procedures. The team is outfitting the workshop with tools, equipment and parts so that we can build efficiently. We have a wish list of equipment we are currently seeking which includes the following items. Other donations are graciously welcomed. Please contact us for our most current needs. Thank you!

DeWalt DCD791D2 20 Volt Lithium Brushless Cordless Drill (need 5 drills, this is our most important and urgent item)

DeWalt DCS331B Cordless Jig Saw (need 1, second most important)

DeWalt DCS391B Cordless Circular Saw (need 1, next most important item)

DeWalt DCA2203C Battery Adapter 20 Volt Max (need 1)

DeWalt DW715 Compound Miter Saw Variable Speed, to cut aluminum (need 1, brand not important)

Porter-Cable PCB660DP Type 2 8 amp 12-speed Floor Drill Press (need 1, brand not important)

FIRST Kickoff January 7, 2017

After a long wait, the 2017 FRC Game has finally been revealed! Students, parents, and mentors gathered at Novi High School and learned more about the game: Steamworks! Much to our delights, the game will not involve actual flying. Phew! For more information on the fun and challenging game that Team 5907 will work with, check out the link below!

After the kickoff, the Shambots went to Catholic Central to study the game in depth and start thinking about strategies.

CHECK OUT THE GAME HERE!! FRC 2017: Steamworks!

OCCRA Awards Banquet- November 30, 2016

Every year at the end of the OCCRA season OCCRA hosts a banquet to honor the robotics teams, members, and coaches as well as honoring exemplary members of said teams; in addition to this, coaches have a chance to win the “Hall of Fame Coach” award. Students can earn both an Honorable Mention and also the MVP award. This year’s OCCRA banquet had food served by Schoolcraft Collage’s culinary students with a wide array of food for all the hungry teams. This OCCRA banquet we had two honorable mentions being Jameson Borema and Andrew Ganss. We also had one MVP being Carl Urbanik.

County Championship, November 19,2016

Last weekend marked the last OCCRA tournament of the season, the County Championship. This tournament worked in a different way than others. Our team competed in 2 matches before an alliance selection. How does an alliance selection work? Teams pick their alliance partner that they wish to compete with for the rest of the tournament. If they are able to, teams pick an alliance that works effectively and corresponds to their needs. At the end of the day, the Shambots received the “Victorious Perseverance” for showing progress throughout the season. The judges commented that they noticed improvements during tournaments.